VIRTUAL HEALING
Army Reserve Spc. Robert McClure (center) and his fellow team members take a knee while waiting for a virtual reality combat mission to load in the Dismounted Soldier Training System, at the Mission Training Complex at Fort Hood, Texas, June 12.
Army Reserve Spc. Robert McClure (center) and his fellow team members take a knee while waiting for a virtual reality combat mission to load in the Dismounted Soldier Training System, at the Mission Training Complex at Fort Hood, Texas, June 12.
Photo by Sgt. Tracy Korff

Virtual Reality Helps Veterans Cope With PTSD

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Virtual reality therapy has been used for years to treat eating disorders, alcoholism, and phobias, according to the Wall Street Journal, but now it is also being used to help individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, including Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans.

“All we’re really doing here is taking an evidence-based treatment and delivering it with new technology,” said Skip Rizzo, the director of medical virtual-reality research at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “People will never forget the horrible things they’ve gone through. But that doesn’t mean they’ve earned a life sentence of pain.”

Get the full story at The Wall Street Journal.